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Do Hormones Play a Role in Cancer Risk/Heart Disease

How do hormones play a role in heart disease and cancer risk? Well, according to the latest study done by the Women's Health Initiative it all depends on a woman's age, and how many years post-menopause she is. Per their report, "WHI findings indicate important differences in HT-related clinical outcomes by age and time since menopause."

Studying over 16,000 women, over a span of 18 years, this was a big, long study, that suggested women who are older and more than ten years past menopause are at more risk if they take estrogens, whereas women who were within 10 years of menopause, and were <60, were actually protected from disease by hormones. HOWEVER, these results need to be taken with a pinch of salt, given that they were looking at CEE's (aka. horse pee hormones) and synthetic progestins.

The Women's Health Initiative trials of menopausal hormone therapy: lessons learned